More foster carers needed in Lincolnshire

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More foster carers are needed in the county to give teenagers a loving home and provide them with a base to reach their potential.

Lincolnshire Fostering Service is inviting local residents to attend one of two special events to talk with skilled foster carers about what it is really like to foster a teenager, find out more about the young people who need fostering, what it takes to become a carer and the rewards that fostering a young person brings.

The two evening events take place at The Showroom in Lincoln on Thursday September 17 and at The Guildhall in Grantham on Thursday September 24 – both from 7-9pm.

They are part of a wider campaign to highlight the urgent need to recruit more foster carers for teenagers, and encourage people to understand the importance of caring for and guiding our next generation to adulthood.

There are many young people between the ages of 10 and 18 who are in need of a loving foster home. Often they will have experienced a difficult home life and will be lacking the guidance and support that young people of this age need.

Lizette Watts, Recruitment Team Manager for the Fostering and Adoption Team, said: “Unfortunately, there is a shortage of foster carers for teenagers. It can be a demanding role, but it is also highly rewarding, and Lincolnshire Fostering Service will support you every step of the way.

“If you have ever thought about the prospect of caring for a young person, now is the opportunity to come along to one of these events and speak to us. Let’s begin your journey to support some of the most vulnerable young people in society.”

To book your place call 01522 554114, or for more information log on at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/fostering .